Tendu Cortese, Clarksburg, California 2020
Steve & Jill Matthiasson both have had life-long careers in sustainable agriculture, and they apply those ideals of balance, restraint, and respect to their wine. Their wines are classical expressions of different grape varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla and Refosco. Tendu is a secondary line they started a few years ago to bring their winemaking ethos to affordable table wines. This Cortese is from the Lost Slough Vineyard in Clarksburg. Fermentation took place with native yeasts in neutral oak barrels and the wine is bottled unfiltered. Subtle aromas of stone fruit and orange peel lead to a creamy textured wine that is refreshing and easy-drinking.